The Salvation Army responding to Waikoloa Village and Waikii Ranch area fire with meals at evacuation center

August 02, 2021
David Sayre | | (808) 221-5025

HONOLULU (Aug. 1, 2020) – With the wildfire on Hawaii Island requiring the evacuation of approximately 14,000 individuals, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that they are responding by providing meal service at the Old Kona Airport Evacuation Center. The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies furnishing assistance during events and is a member of the State of Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). 


“We provided approximately 100 meals at the evacuees sheltering at the Old Kona Airport Evacuation Center on Sunday evening and will be providing additional meal services on Monday,” said Victor Leonardi, Divisional Director of Emergency Services & Safety for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “During emergencies, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs. In this case, it will help us provide meals to those in need. Plus, The Salvation Army uses one-hundred percent of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”  


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About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division 

The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. The Division offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For more information, call 808-988-2136, visit, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 



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